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Will My Facial Hair Grow Back After Radiation Therapy
Possibly: Assuming you lost the hair from treatment for a cancer in the oral cavity or pharynx, it would depend on the technique. These days most radiation doctors use imrt for head and neck cancers. This distributes the radiation widely and therefore less dose directly to the skin versus older methods. Often in this case the hair will grow back but sometimes more sparsely. ...Read more
Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more
Yes.: Radiation or chemotherapy drugs are toxic to cells that are rapidly dividing. This means they specifically target cancer cells, but they also kill healthy cells that grow quickly. This includes hair cells (causing baldness/alopecia) and stomach cells (causing nausea or mucositis). Once the chemo or radiation is stopped, the side effects go away and hair should grow back. ...Read more
Weeks, Months: Some patients have hair regrowth in a few weeks to months. Others, depending on the area treated may never have hair regrowth. ...Read more
If a 2year old girl accidently used a razor on her face once, will her facial hair grow back the way it was or thicker? Thank you so much in advance
Way it was: Only with repeated shaving does the hair grow back thicker after stimulation of the hair follicles repeatedly. A one time shave in a 2 year old is not going to change anything. ...Read more
No: Hair is dead. It does not know if you are cutting it or not. Neither does your body. It is an old wives tale that started because when young boys became men and started shaving, their hair got thicker due to testosterone increases, not shaving. Short hair can feel stiffer but that is a mechanical issue, it just feels stiffer, it is not thicker. ...Read more
Sugaring vs regular wax? Is it ok to use sugaring on face and would facial hair grow back darker? Never removed full facial hair only upper lip
Yes, In area treated: Hair follicles are growing cells. When the hair is radiated the follicle cell stop growing and the hair shaft falls out. Same thing with some chemotherapy drugs. Chemo goes all over so if that type of chemo affects hair then all your hair everywhere falls out. In radiation its the hair that is in the area treated. So for breast cancer for example the arm pit hair on that side will fall out. ...Read more
Do people typically loose their head hair when treated with chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or both. How long is hair loss for?
Chemotherapy: Yes. However, you have previously stated that your tumor was not cancerous. Why would you need this kind of treatment. Chemo and XRT target cells with high replication and turnover such as malignant cells as well as hair. Once treatment is discontinued and body has recovered, there is regrowth of the hair but may be reduced in density and quality. ...Read more
Diet with radiation: Because radiation therapy to head and neck often has a profound effect on the ability to ear, loss of appetite, nausea and subsequent weight loss, the patient must be treated to prevent mal-nutrition. Often a stomach tube is inserted so a nutritious diet can be given during the radiation therapy period. ...Read more
On my mri of head and neck, it was noted that I ve empty Sella, what are the causes of it, I ve only had Ct scans but no injury, or radiation therapy?
Quote:"Empty sella syndrome is where the pituitary gland shrinks or becomes flattened, creating a void in the boney sella turcica ("Turkish Saddle")wherein it resides at the base of the brain. ESS can be found in the radiological workup of pituitary disorders, or as an incidental finding."
So, it all depends on why they took the MRI, what symptoms you have. I'm sure your doc will discuss it with you ...Read more
No: However if your head is noticeably swollen in your face and neck, the doctor needs to evaluate you for superior vena cava syndrome in which the cancer in the chest obstructed the flow out of the neck and head. This can happen even when getting radiation to the chest for lung cancer despite being the treatment for the syndrome as well. Another possibility would be developing venous thrombosis. ...Read more
I keep hearing nightmares about whole head radiation therapy is it that bad for you for small cell lung cancer of the brain?
My mother has completed head IMRT radiation therapy 3 weeks before. Since last 2 weeks she is not able to swallow even any fluids and water because if severe soar throat and dry mouth. Could you please give any medications for this problem.
Call her doc!: Going through treatment for cancer can be pretty tough. It requires a team effort to make sure any problems due to the treatment are treated or controlled as best as possible, so treatment can continue. Please call the radiation oncologist today, or her PCP so help can be given. Don't be shy, good communication by the patient and family and docs is key to achieving the best results. ...Read more
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